Edvard Munch Art Award
Her Majesty The Queen presented the Edvard Munch Art Award on Saturday, 12 December. The newly established prize was awarded to the French artist Camille Henrot.
The award ceremony took place at the Munch Museum in Oslo on Saturday afternoon, and included musical performances and a showing of Ms Henrot’s video, “Le Songe de Poliphile – The Strife of Love in a Dream”. The jury chair read the statement explaining the award decision, after which Queen Sonja presented the prize itself.
Camille Henrot lives and works in New York, and has a long list of projects and exhibitions to her name.
According to the jury, Ms Henrot has proven herself to be an exceptionally talented and original artist. She uses a wide array of mediums, including traditional artistic techniques as well as new technologies. Her artistic practice is particularly meaningful and relevant with regard to the fundamental epistemological questions of our time, where knowledge and information are continuously reproduced and spread via modern technology.
“Camille Henrot is an important voice, and in recent years has demonstrated an impressive capacity to renew herself and pose relevant contemporary questions,” says Director of the Munch Museum, Stein Olav Henrichsen.
Edvard Munch Art Award
The international award was presented for the first time this year. It consists of a cash prize of NOK 500 000 and a solo exhibition of the recipient’s work at the Munch Museum. The award is given to an emerging visual artist under 40 who has demonstrated exceptional talent within the last five years.
The Edvard Munch Art Award is an acknowledgement of Edvard Munch’s historical significance and enduring relevance to contemporary culture. The award is intended to promote the development of outstanding international talents in the field of visual arts.
The Munch Museum is responsible for the award. The international jury consists of five highly acclaimed individuals with profound knowledge of contemporary art. This year’s jury was chaired by the French curator and former museum director, Alfred Pacquement.
Congratulations are presented today from His Majesty King Harald to His Excellency Mr Egils Levits, President of the Republic of Latvia.
World Heritage at Vega
In 2004, UNESCO inscribed the Vega Archipelago on the World Heritage List. Today His Royal Highness The Crown Prince was in attendance to open the new Vega Archipelago World Heritage Centre – Norway’s first authorised centre of its kind.